Prince Andrew’s 13 titles have been axed by Queen as she is set to be replaced at the anniversary event

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was stripped of a number of his titles, acquired through military service between 1979 and 2001, following his scandal with Virginia Giuffre

Prince Andrew's military affiliations and royal patronage were returned to the Queen
Prince Andrew’s military affiliations and royal patronage were returned to the Queen

Prince Andrew has been a near-constant focal point of the royal family throughout this Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.

After his move to settle out of court with Virginia Giuffre, 62-year-old Prince Andrew has drastically changed his public life.

The Queen’s third child, Andrew is the younger brother of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Anne, Princess Royal.

Just days before her four-day anniversary weekend, it has emerged that the Queen is unlikely to receive the Trooping the Color salute for the first time in her 70-year reign.

Instead, plans are being drawn up for three royals to replace them – Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne – but Andrew is unlikely to be in the spotlight.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew watch races at Epsom Racecourse in 2013


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Like all senior members of the monarchy, Andrew was involved in a wide variety of causes and activities, including time he served in the military. However, his unwanted attention has prompted the royal family to make changes to the titles and awards associated with the Duke of York’s name.

Notably, he was stripped of many of his military titles and patronage associations. In January 2022 – and before the agreement was reached – Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “With the consent and consent of the Queen, the military affiliations and royal patronages of the Duke of York have been returned to the Queen.”

Prince Andrew retains his title and peerage as Duke of York and his position as Councilor of State, and although his military titles have been removed he still holds the position of Vice Admiral.

What military titles has Prince Andrew been stripped of?

All of Prince Andrew’s military titles and royal patronage were returned to the Queen, as was his ability to deploy His Royal Highness, or HRH.

Andrew remains ninth in line to the throne behind the children of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Andrew served as a helicopter pilot during the 1982 Falklands War as part of the Royal Navy.

Prince Andrew ashore at Port Stanley during the Falklands War



During his time in the military, Andrew was also in command of the minesweeper HMS Cottesmore, but his appointments were suspended when he stepped down from royal duties in 2019.

The full list of British military titles he has lost is:

  • Colonel in the Grenadier Guards – a role he took over from his father, Prince Philip, in 2017
  • Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lossiemouth
  • Colonel of the Royal Irish Regiment
  • Colonel of the Small Arms School Corps
  • Colonel of the Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own)
  • Colonel of the Yorkshire Regiment
  • Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm
  • Royal Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers
  • Royal Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland

He was also the holder of a number of foreign military titles, which were also revoked.

They are:

  • Colonel Queen’s York Rangers (Canada)
  • Colonel in the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada
  • Colonel of the Princess Louise Fusiliers (Canada)
  • Colonel-in-Chief, Logistic Regiment, Royal New Zealand Army

What royal patronages were returned to the Queen by Prince Andrew?

Prince Andrew marches with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, the division in which he served during the Falklands War



Prince Andrew used to have more than 200 patrons of causes and organizations, but many of them have since severed ties following his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview in 2019.

There is royal patronage to bring attention and publicity to a cause that seeks notoriety.

Outward Bound Trust, the English National Ballet, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Metropolitan University were examples of organizations that broke ties with him.

He still held patronages for a variety of organizations from schools to golf clubs, but these were returned to the Queen and shared among other members of the royal family.

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